Bone broth is a truly remarkable food, having been consumed for centuries, and is enjoying a recent renaissance amongst the health and diet communities over the last decade or so.
Its most important calling card is its nutrient density – bone broths are high in calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus, among other minerals, but these nutrients are available in forms that are incredibly easy for your body to digest and utilize. Think of this like the opposite of a gelatin multivitamin pill you can buy from CVS. These broths also help fight inflammation, improve digestion, and strengthen the immune system. The natural collagen found in bone broth can help support strong bones and healthy joints.
From an ecological perspective, bone broths are also excellent ways to use and consume the parts of animals that are typically discarded. There is a certain sustainability to bone broth – our earliest ancestors turned to every last part of the animals they would hunt and kill for nourishment and sustenance, not only out of necessity, but also respect for the animal’s life. As our commercial farming practices today have become a strain on the health of the planet, returning to these mindful practices may be more valuable than we know.